Have your kids ever gotten a clothing gift from a relative that was a bit too big? Was your advice that they would “grow into it?” My own kids cringe at that snippet of wisdom, desiring it to fit now! I believe that concept with clothing can apply just as aptly to our roles in life and ministry.
Arriving on the field, I felt my primary role was to provide stability and safety for my children as I, personally, engaged in ministry that fit well with their young ages. Dave might be traveling and teaching, but I was content to support him and the kids with my role at home and with local church kids’ ministry.
The following term, the need arose for a new Mexico field treasurer due to the restructuring of our field fellowship. Having been a former high school math teacher, I had the ability and the desire to step into this new “behind the scenes,” yet key, leadership role. It took a bit of courage, but with our kids getting older, I found it to be a perfect fit for that particular season.
Now that we have a daughter in college and two sons in high school, I find myself “testing the fit.” Continuing in the treasurer position, I now also feel the freedom to do more alongside Dave – taking trips, assisting in conferences and classes, and participating with teams, both translating and getting my “hands dirty” with some of the physical work that they do. My latest opportunity came through one of those team experiences – hosting our district superintendent Don Miller and his wife, Vicki, here in Mexico. The connection I made with Vicki opened the door for me to participate in, and now lead, one of the SOMO District’s online small groups, which bring women ministers together for prayer, mutual encouragement and spiritual growth. That role has since expanded to include helping to administrate the website, mailings, and social media that facilitate that ministry.
I’ll never stop being a mom, but I see how permitting myself to flex as my kids grow has opened doors of increased involvement in other areas of ministry. So, as I reflect on my time in Mexico, it’s clear to see I’ve “grown into it,” and I expect that I’ll continue to do so for years to come.
Thanks for taking a moment to read a bit of my story. While you’re here, could I ask you the favor of taking a moment to pray for us? You can find our list of requests here.